20 Surprisingly Trendy Yellow Hair Color Ideas

Best yellow hair colors

A yellow hair color is a fashion color that is brighter, sunnier shade of blonde and sometimes called as mustard hair. To everyone’s surprise, this cheery shade has been taking over the top hair photos on Instagram and Pinterest this year!

Yellow tinges in dyed hair used to be a nightmare for many, but expert stylists and celebrities are now embracing this atypical hue and straying far from the usual blondes. Hailey Baldwin is one of the first trendsetters of mustard strands, and she wore it in neon!

Fashion color expert Jaymz Marsters displays in his IG-famous feed how stunning and creative you can be with yellow hair. Sticking with warmer hues like this zesty shade, fortunately, goes impeccable on any type of skin tone.

As far as maintenance goes, a yellow mane doesn’t require much compared to other vibrant fashion hues. Although, quality products are still required to keep the vibrancy and take care of your hair’s health after the bleaching process. Beware though that yellow hair will not set for a lot of people and many treatments of bleaching and toner color will be needed. You will also need to use products that definitely protect against color fading to maintain the color.

If you’re all set to give this unique shade a go, scroll down below for the trendiest photos of yellow hair color on Instagram right now!

Pastel Yellow

Pastel Yellow
Instagram @superbasic.hair

Usual takers on two-colored hair try for the ombre or balayage technique. This cutting edge dip dye job takes on a whole level of sunny yellow.

Bleached Hair on Dark Skin

Yellow Bleached Locks on Dark Skin
Instagram @slayedbyblossom

Look, any hairstyle or color fits ebony beauties so trying this one won’t be a problem.

Short and Bright

Short and Bright Hair
Instagram @ryanerwin_hair

There is no room to be mellow when you’ve got hair this yellow! The neon shade on punk short hair embodies ride or die attitude.

Yellowish Grey

Yellowish Grey hair color
Instagram @amber.cuttinup

An unlikely combination but one that works! A dusky color with canary ends is a surprisingly good pair.

Red and Yellow

Red and Yellow
Instagram @cabeloscoloridos66

Khaleesi is a proud mother with those dragon flames you wear on your head!

Black and Yellow

Black and Yellow
Instagram @chaannttt

With this hairstyle, your hair will instantly be that stand-out fashion piece for when you’re lazy to update your wardrobe.

Yellow Highlights

Yellow Highlights
Instagram @hairbytaranichole

This may be your first steps to having yellow hair. Ease into it by having it first as highlights and make your caramel locks brighten up.

Brassy Hair

Brassy hair color
Instagram @josiethestylist

A lot of variations of yellow can look like failed bleach jobs. Luckily, this one hits the perfect spot of not too yellow and blonde.

Sunlight Blonde

Sunlight blonde hair color
Instagram @hairby.bk

Swiping on streaks of yellow on short, blonde hair is a vibrant surprise.

Orange Color

Orange hair color
Instagram @hannahdisconnected

Here’s one for the undecided quirkies out there, Partner it with a lovely orange and get ready to wear the sunset all day long.

Green and Yellow

Green and Yellow hair color
Instagram @hairbynakishac

This one’s got you lookin’ like heroes straight from the comic books!

Purple and Yellow

Purple and Yellow
Instagram @haironesalon

The right pastel shade for both colors, blended properly, seem to complement each other very well.

Yellow and White

Yellow and White
Instagram @donnabellahair

When all else fails, make that yellow bright by partnering it with a platinum blonde. Super bold and vivid, might I say!

Pink and Yellow Hair Color

Pink and Yellow hair color
Instagram @fullhairalchemist

Ever dreamed of having cartoon colorful hair? Now you can wear soft-hued lemons and peaches in reality!

Pale Yellow

Pale Yellow
Instagram @kirstenmci

Q&A with style creator, Kirsten McIntosh
Updo Stylist / Colourist @ Kirsten McIntosh Freelance in Oakville, ON

How would you describe this look?

This look is very fresh yet lived in meaning it looks done but undone all at the same time. My favorite thing about the color is the 2 tones that appear and how the pops of color start off the root so any blonde could wear with these kinds of colors as they are temporary.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The haircut is great because we took long hair and pinned it in to look like a bob (the faux bob) and gave it shape to essentially suit any face shape depending on where you place your length. This is a great way to get your client with long hair to try the shorter length for a short period of time before they make a commitment.

This look really is something you could sport for a short time due to the temporary color which will wash out in 6-12 washes depending on the shampoo you use and the temporary effect of the hairstyle. Just a few pins and roll up the back for that bob look.

Blue and Yellow

Blue and Yellow
Instagram @katiebendthair

Q&A with style creator, Katie Bendt
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Orting Hair Studio in Orting, WA


How would you describe this look?

Having yellow hair is a really bold choice, and golden yellow hair will most definitely brighten your entire look. I absolutely love this bright blunt but textured bob I created for my daughter using Trillion Tones as a one-step lift and deposit fashion color. We chose to choose the yellow-blue combo as they are complementary to her natural tones in her skin and eye color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Having brightly colored hair can grab a lot of attention if you don’t mind being complimented and asked about your hair when you leave your door this is absolutely right for you! Most all hair types can be a candidate for yellow hair since hair will naturally lift to a yellow tone when lightening it can be fairly easy to achieve.

Depending on how dark your natural color is will determine the process it will take and how light/bright the outcome will be. Having vivid colors in your hair will require a strict home care routine. I recommend to only shampoo once or twice a week with cold/cool water, just condition and rinsing thoroughly on other days or using dry shampoo.

The longevity of your hair color depends on your care at home so it is best to use the products recommended for your hair by your stylist so it is catered to your hairs exact needs.

Neon Hair

Q&A with style creator, Aimee Jörliden
Hairdresser & Makeup Artist @ Aimee Hair & Makeup in Helsingborg, Sweden


How would you describe this look?

This is a real-statement hair and a color that stands out. To dare to have yellow hair is an empowering thing. Be prepared to turn heads. Yellow is also a trending color in clothes and interior.

The bright neon orange roots give the hair some depth and compliment the yellow.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For a bold color like this, your hair needs to be in good condition. The hair needs to be bleached before to be colored yellow, not every hair can handle that process. That’s why a blunt cut complements the color. Almost like a wig!

The colors I used are from Guy Tang Mydentity – phoenix fire and lightning bolt. My client takes good care of her hair, regular trims, and always use Olaplex nr 3 at home.

It fits coarse and straight hair because with straight hair you don’t need to blow-dry or flatiron it to look good. This look is for the strong individual that is not afraid to stand out!

Yellow Ombre on Long Hair

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Manginelli
Colorist / Stylist @ Hairroin Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

This sunflower ombré was created using a seamless blend of foil application and the perfect saturation of yellow for vibrancy and shine. I love the transition of her natural dark hair into the yellow. I styled her hair smooth into a lot of movement because I wanted to show off the transition but also have the yellow be as dramatic as it looks!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Vivid colors need a lot of attention. Color safe and heat protecting products will help with the longevity of color. I always recommend getting a customized colored conditioner that will help refresh the color with every wash. As far as the lightening process, that can be more low maintenance if you choose to do a look like this. Anything that has the natural hair blended in with it will be easier to maintain and just require a color refresher in between the lightening service. Keeping your hair hydrated and healthy will always make your vivid hair look amazing!

Dark Yellow

Dark Yellow
Instagram @carlajimenez_d

Q&A with style creator, Carla Jimenez
Colorist / Hairdresser @ Black Academy Salon in Mexico City, Mexico


How would you describe this look?

The look is something fun without being dramatic. My favorite part is always the color and the fusion that has at the end with hairstyle creating a certain style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The first thing to do after this work would be to have the hair in good condition and make a good discoloration. It is important to the personality of the client to wear this look safely, and at home, you should be very careful with specific products, especially a shampoo dry.

Mustard Hair Color

Mustard Yellow
Instagram @fonsiedoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Fonsie Vasquez
Hairstylist @ Chaveleeze Studio in El Paso, TX


How would you describe this look?

To me, I see it as a beautiful ray of sunshine! My favorite thing about it is it’s warmth and vibrancy as well as it’s all over even color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I highly recommend to any client that wants this look to absolutely be sure they can take care of it at home! Especially if going from such a drastic change like my client, you need to be sure that all the work we put in today at the chair doesn’t go to waste at home. My client already had quality shampoo and conditioner at home so I sent her home with the Joico Defy Damage masque to maintain the superb integrity of her hair.